Buckles were an indispensable part of fashion from the 18th century to the end of the Regency period. They were worn on shoes and belts and gentlemen also wore them on their knee breeches. This set of steel buckles is housed in a silk and velvet lined box and dates to the early 19th century. Within the velvet there are specific spaces for shoe and breeches buckles. The two shoe buckles of leather and steel are original and there are two further indentations in the centre of the box that would be for buckles for the breeches which currently house compatible replacements (these do not fit as securely in the box as the originals would have done but match beautifully). The large shoe buckles at the back have an intricate mechanism of hinged and pronged components that can be seen in the images, which would have held them securely in position. The buckles for the breeches again have hinged and pronged sections for attachment to a strap which helps close the lower edge of the breeches in a firm and decorative fashion. The decorative steel is in excellent condition and the other steel mechanisms have a very slight amount of rust but are very good for age. The box itself, of black leather with some gilt tooling, shows scattered small areas of loss but closes securely. Box measures 6 ins (15.5cm) x 3.5 ins (8.5cm) x 1 ins (2.5cm). Weight 220 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 395.
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